Honoring Newington Volunteer, Karen Orvis

Volunteer Role: Dog Walker

Length of Service: 1 year, 4 months

I volunteer because … I love all animals.

My favorite part of volunteering is … seeing the dog’s excitement when I take them out for a walk—the wagging tails, the happy smiles.

I love animals because … they give so much love back. Their emotions are honest.

I know I am making a difference because … I see the change in the dogs’ personalities, from shy or distant when I first take them out, to the way they hold their heads up, smiling and wagging their tails after just a few minutes’ interaction.

When I’m not at CHS I’m … gardening or at the beach in the summer, or knitting and crocheting in the winter.

My occupation is … Lab Processor at the Hospital of Central Connecticut.

I’ve been married … 20 years.

My hidden talent is … the piano.

Most people don’t know that I … used to be a truck driver.

My favorite book is … ALL! I used to be a librarian.

My favorite restaurant is …. Lenny & Joe’s.

My advice for new volunteers is … Enjoy and don’t be afraid to ask the staff questions—they’re great.

I’ll never forget when I was volunteering and … we saw a deer with two fawns on the trails.